At its core, Tang Soo Do is essentially a Korean form of Japanese karate. Literally translated, the word Tang means T'ang Dynasty of China, which reflects the shared cultural background between China and Korea (617-907 AD). Soo means hand, but it implies fist, punch, strike, or defence, etc. Do means way of life or art. Thus Tang Soo Do means " The way of the Chinese Hand". For a full history, visit the wiki page.
Below is a rough time line in the development of Tang Soo Do and our association:
1800's Okinawan Un-armed combat styles emerge
1868 Ginchin Funakoshi Born
1907 Won Kuk Lee Born
1914 Hwang Kee Born
1939 Shotokan Officially Formed by Ginchin Funakoshi
The 5 Korean Kwans
1944 Won Kuk Lee
Chung Do Kwan School teaches " Tang Soo Do"
1944 Byung Jick Bo
Song Moo Kwan
1945 Hwang Kee
Hwa Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan
Adopts "Tang Soo Do"
1946 Sang Sup - Chun Jido Kwan
1946 Lee Nam Suk andKim Soon Bae
Chang Moo Kwan
The Second Generation Kwans
1954 Kyo Yoon Lee
Han Moo Kwan
1955 Choi Hong Hi and Nam Tae Hi
Oh Do Kwan
1956 Hong Jong-Pyo and Chul Hee Park
Kang Duk Won
1956 Young won Lee
Jung Do Kwan
1945 Jae Joon Kim born
1952 Hwang Kee forms The " Korean Tang Soo Do Association"
1954 General Choi Hong Hi performs a Tang Soo Do demonstration for Rep. Of Korea president Rhee Syngmar.Syngmar pushes for Korean title based on the ancient korean art of "Taekyon"
1960 Hwang Kee Korean Soo Bhak Do Association
1961 The Majority of the Kwans start to use the name "Tae Soo Do"
1963 Desmond Galligan born.
1965 General Choi hong hi forms "Korean Tae Kwan Do Association". He offered a merger with Hwang Kee's "Korean Tang Soo Do association" but Hwang Kee refused.
Tang Soo Do declines in popularity as Tae Kwon do is named a national sport.
1990 Chuck Norris forms "Chun Kuk Do"
1990 Des Galligan establishes Tang Soo Do in Ireland Under Jae Joon Kim
1995 Hwang Kee renames " Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan" to "Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan" offically
2002 Hwang Kee passes away, his son Hwang Hyun Chul is named successor
2002 World Moo Duk Kwan Federation founded by 1st generation Students of Hwang Kee
2007 Jae Joon Kim passes away
2012 World Tang Soo Do General Federation invites various Tang Soo Do Leaders to the Seoul to unify the splintered groups. Names various Regional Representative.
2014 Martial Arts illustrated inducts Des Galligan into the Hall of Fame
Grand Master Hwang Kee
Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan
Grand Master Jae Joon Kim
Dan # 38
President of the Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do Federation
Grand Masters Jae Joon Kim and Hwang Kee with
Master Des Galligan
President of the Moo Duk Kwan General Federation
Seoul Forum 2012